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Preston supports current Renewable Fuel Standard


Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at their January 21 meeting authorized City Administrator Joe Hoffman to draft a letter on behalf of the city council to the Environmental Protection Agency to be signed by Mayor Kurt Reicks asking for continued support for homegrown biofuels. Councilman Robert Maust was absent.

In November of last year, the EPA proposed reducing volume obligations set by Congress. The proposal would reduced the total renewable fuel volume from 18.15 billion gallons to 15.21 billion gallons for 2014. The EPA also has proposed reducing the volume of advanced biofuels, those required to be “at least 50 percent improvement to gasoline for greenhouse gas emissions,” from 3.75 billion gallons to 2.2 billion gallons. This advanced pool of biofuels would include a proposed 17 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol and 1.28 billion gallons of bio-based diesel. These additional proposals would reduce the actual amount of grain-based ethanol to 13.01 gallons (last year’s number for grain-based ethanol was 13.8 billion gallons).

The EPA proposals have been presented for public comment (60 days) until January 28.

POET asked the city council for their support. They suggest the reduction in the volume would cause the plant to scale back on its production.

Mayor Reicks had attended a meeting with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and noted the concern that the reduction in volumes would have a negative economic impact and result in a loss of jobs. The MDA forecasts that there could be a loss of 1,500 jobs related to biofuels across the state and a $610 million economic loss. Reicks said any individual interested in sending comments can do so.

ADA Crosswalks

Fillmore County has proposed “bump-outs” to meet American with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards on pedestrian ramps when repairing St. Paul Street at the intersection with Main Street. Hoffman noted the county has determined it is too narrow to get the proper slope for the ADA ramps. To get enough slope the county proposed 6 foot pedestrian ramp bump-outs at the intersection. Site lines should be improved, but it will make the street narrower at the intersection (30 foot). It should be more visually appealing.

The county would share the cost 50-50. Hoffman didn’t see any other options to comply with the ADA standards. The proposal for the bump-outs was approved.

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Preston business community anticipates veterans cemetery

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston Progress Edition

After almost five years of planning, conversations, meetings, and congressional bill development and promotion, the community of Preston, Minn. is full of anticipation for the state veterans cemetery that will be fully developed in 2015. A veterans c ..... 
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Irene E. Eichstadt

Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Irene E. Eichstadt, 94, of Preston, Minn.., died on Monday, January 20, 2014, of natural causes at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn., where she had been a patient for one day. Irene Ethlyn Lee was born on June 25, 1919 in Dolliver, Iowa to ..... 
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Winnie Halweg

Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Winnie Halweg, age 96, of Preston, Minn., died Friday afternoon, January 17, 2014, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. Winifred A. Halweg was born June 30, 1917, at Granger, Bristol Township, Minn., the oldest of three daughters to Jerome and Ida ..... 
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Tienter-Ertl couple to celebrate true small town wedding

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

As many people from small towns know it can be difficult to find love in a community where you are related to almost everyone--and if you find someone you’re not related to you just might want to confirm with grandma. Lucky for bride-to-be Grace T ..... 
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Preston City Council approves purchase of police car

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Police Chief Matt Schultz requested the Preston City Council’s approval for purchasing a new police car. The request was approved. “The 2007 is in dire need of replacement,” said Schultz. The new police car is a 2014 Chevy Impala, the co ..... 
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Preston’s Candlelight Ski & Chili Cook-off

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Let it snow - just in time for Preston’s annual Candlelight Ski & Chili Cook-Off event! Bundle up and come on down to the Trailhead Inn office on Saturday evening, January 18 to ski on the trail and to test-taste some wonderful chili contest entri ..... 
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Preston’s goals and hopes for the future

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Preston is taking a look at where it is and where it wants to go in the future. A second workshop meeting to develop a comprehensive plan was open to the public on January 8. It was well attended by about 50 officials, business people, and resident ..... 
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